I had a 1072, and previously had borrowed a Link Dak. There would be no contest at all, the Rotel besting it in all areas. Not even close. I never tried it as a transport, but it is quite nice as a player. You may want to consider spending a bit more given the system context.
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A Link DAC is a good add-on to a consumer grade DVD player if you want improve the playing of music CDs.
A good quality CD player is as good or better than that.
A Gold Link DAC or Bel Canto DAC would be a better upgrade.
Kind of a waste to use a decent CD player as a transport unless the player has a decent clock and jitter control that kicks in before the digital output.
A external DAC does not improve on a CD player. It replaces the digital to analog conversion of the player. If the player already has good built-in DAC, then the external DAC will improve nothing unless it is in a totally higher class than the CD player.
I had a Rotel RCD 1070 (earlier model of the 1072) utilized as a transport driving my highly modded DPA DAC. I had great success using this combination for a number of years.
Recently though, I have gone to a PC based system utilizing it as a transport & storage of ripped music from my CD collection. I 'm using SlimServer software & Slim Device Squeezebox 3 unit to feed digital signal to my DPA DAC. IMO, it has been very worthwhile moving from a CD/transport to a PC based system.
Go to the link below for a review & information of the Slim Device products. Good luck.
CC, I own a 1072 and love it yet it seemed to not be able to replicate piano and female voices as well as I wanted it to. It does do very well on the pipe organ pieces that I play however the tradeoff is the piano is now in the room and I simply switch cables for pipe organ pieces. I have a Bel Canto DAC 2 in the system. I tried a Benchmark and like it but the Bel Canto is better. I called and asked Bel Canto and they think highly of the Rotel as a cd player or transport. As you know the items in your system-pre, amps, speakers and cables will impact on this recommendation. Hope this helps. Steve
Hi All who responded,
Thx for taking the time to read & reply with some meaningful helpful suggestions to my dilema.
My budget constraints at the monet do not allow a suitable & more expensive upgrade that would be a comparable fit with the rest of my system .. (also wife has needs too :)
So in the short/interim I will have to make do with something less than desireable as a replacment, thus the huge compromise. Although I've heard good things about the Rotel, I can get it for around $750. CDN, so with tax, less than $1000. CDN, which is what I can or will spend for now.
That's why also the ? about using a player as a transport vs as a stand alone player, so i could I use my old MSB Link Dac, to save $ , not because I like the option.
Any other thoughts on a decent replacement CDP for $700. US ? under $1000. CDN including taxes. Plan to buy soon.
Thx again for the time .
Sorry, I do not know how the importer in Canada is marking it up, but the Rega Planet is an interesting alternative. I have owned both, and my sense is that the differences are pretty clearly drawn and one will prefer one or the other, it won't be a splitting hairs thing. The Rega also makes a marvelous transport.
Hi All respondents,
Thx for your info & help.
I am leaning towards the RCD-1072 can get for $750. new +tx ... Good $, sounds like a good bet for the short term ...
Also have been hearing alot about the EASTSOUND CD-E5, around $700. if I can get it here, not sure, but sounds like a GREAT Deal for the $ ...
There's also the Katana by Inca Design , a UK Co. CDP made in China , like most things hearing really good things about it too ., not sure the $ here if it can be had.
Will continue to research & read & listen if possbile for a bit longer & hopefully make a decide in the next month or so.
Thx again for all time & input.
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